Arsene Wenger looks to bring long term target to the Emirates Stadium.
Arsene Wenger has long been linked with interest in French international Yoann Gourcuff and will look to make a significant bid, in the region of £22m, for the Lyon midfielder. The Arsenal boss is keen to bring in a player who he feel can effectively replace Cesc Fabregas and has earmarked a move for the 25 year old.
Gourcuff is in his second season at the Stade Gerland and may well be tempted by a move to the Emirates Stadium after seeing his Lyon side fail to claim the Ligue 1 crown in three successive seasons, something of a slump given that the club had won the previous seven titles in a row.
Wenger knows that this season may well be make or break after six seasons without silverware and is therefore ready to splash the cash accrued from the sales of Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy. Arsenal are looking for a creative presence who can effectively link midfield and attack and believes that Gourcuff may be the man for the job.
Gourcuff first emerged on the scene as a youngster at Rennes and after two breakthrough seasons at the Britanny club the midfielder secured a high profile move to AC Milan which never quite paid off. Struggling with injuries and poor form it looked like the Frenchman was stuttering until a loan move to Bordeaux resulted in a superb season that helped secure a Ligue 1 title and a permanent move to Les Girondins but another year later when Laurent Blanc left club football for the national team post a move to Lyon followed.
Arsenal boss Wenger is willing to break the club’s transfer record to land Yoann Gourcuff and will hope that he can seal the deal before the transfer window slams shut. The fact that the Lyon man is currently sidelined with an ankle injury may actually help seal the deal as the player’s absence from the club’s Champions League qualifier with Rubin Kazan means that he is still eligible for the competition.
The player’s former Bordeaux team-mate Marouane Chamakh has recently stated that he would like to see Gourcuff move to the North London club and perhaps the Moroccan is about to get his wish?